Music has always been a major spiritual resource for me. I learned piano, I taught myself guitar, I sang with my sister at family gatherings, and once with my aunt in a pub in Ireland, and I have always been in a choir, that is until covid. I loved all the different kinds of music, from Latin mass in grammar school, Irish and English folk songs in the 60’s and 70’s, to contemporary Christian songs as a high school music minister in the 80’s and 90’s. And then after leaving teaching I returned to church choirs and even the Symphony Chorus.
I miss it. Terribly.
My therapist suggested that when people who are used to being musical stop participating they may experience depression as a result. Great! Yet another reason to be depressed. But the good news I/you have control over this one. I have three suggestions – all of which I have tried and continue to use.
ONE – On-line singing groups.
They are not completely satisfying as you are muted so you don’t get the experience of a choir. But I have learned some great short songs/singing meditations and harmonies.
How to find a group? Go to the eventbrite.com website and do a search for your interests, music, singalongs, Tai-chi, all kinds of stuff out there in the Zoomiverse, not just singing. Be sure to convert the time to CST as some events are in other countries.
Here are a couple I have tried.
- Singing for Mindfulness & Mental Wellbeing
- Wed, Nov 24, 2021 12:00 PM CST + 7 more events
- Sisters in Harmony Global with Tembre de Carteret and Penny Stone
- Mon, Nov 22, 2021 3:00 PM CST Heather Houston
- The Art of Mindful Singing FREE Intro Class
- Thu, Jan 6, 2022 3:00 PM CST Free Heather Houston
TWO – Car Karaoke
I find plain old car-karaoke is a great way to blow off steam and lift your spirits. Find a radio station with your kind of music, or an Amazon station. (Does Amazon have stations? I just have AM/FM radio in my car. I know –old!!) If you’re driving on the I-10 roll down your windows. It’s gorgeous outside right now, just remember to lower the volume when you exit, 🤣 .
THREE – Musicals and Movie Soundtracks
No, not Les Mis – beautiful, but so sad. I’m thinking something more uplifting along the lines of Pitch Perfect, or the cartoon movie, Sing.
Pitch Perfect is a “Major League,” or “A League of Their Own,” type of storyline – a group of rejects or misfits come together and succeed against the odds, in this case the context is not baseball but a college a-capella singing competition.
Sing is a cartoon movie which also has a great sound track! It’s also about a singing competition and is just such a lot of fun.
Above is a scene from the movie, Sing.
Then there is my all time favorite movie soundtrack, The Big Chill. As I’ve already admitted, I am old. But the The Big Chill isn’t old so much as classic. I mean, Motown! You may not realize you know these songs until you hear them and find yourself joining in. And singing is sooo much cheaper than therapy!
Just DO IT. SING!!